Prepare to Care Level 6 SQA Level 6

What is special about this course?

The aim of the course is to qualify and prepare students for employment and/or further training within Health, Social through the development of knowledge, skills and understanding required to work in the Care sector. A degree of maturity is demanded by some of the modules and is required in many areas of care practice.  For this reason the course may be of particular interest to adult returners. 

Entry requirements

You should have a minimum of three Standard Grades at 3 or above, or three passes at National 4, or have successfully achieved the Health, Social & Child Studies Intermediate 2 or Level 5 course. We are also happy to consider applications from anyone who has relevant work experience and the proven academic ability to study at level 6.  You will be required to become members of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups scheme (PVG).

The course consists of :

  • Social Services and Healthcare Level 2 SVQ
  • Core Skills
  • Portfolio  
  • Guidance units
  • Work placement
  • NPA group award

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Students will attend college 3 days a week. They will also spend two days each week for 36 weeks in a CnES agreed work placement.

The course will be delivered fulltime, 37 weeks, from September to June. 

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Outer Hebrides
    • UHI Outer Hebrides (Stornoway Campus)

Start date



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What can I do on completion of my course?

Candidates who complete the Prepare to Care Level 6 course might progress to:

  • Employment in Social Care
  • Employment in Health Care
  • Health Social and Child Studies level 6
  • Social Services Healthcare Level 3 SVQ

Is there more information available online?

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This course enables students to gain a qualification to meet SSSC registration requirements and so enable them to find immediate employment. If you have a passion to care for others, are motivated and want personal fulfilment, this course would suit you.

Chrissie McLeod Programme Leader

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Outer Hebrides. UHI Outer Hebrides operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.